Arrests Made After 'Unruly Crowd' Gathers in Fort Lauderdale Beach

Several arrests were made after police said an "unruly crowd" gathered in Fort Lauderdale Beach Monday afternoon

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    NBC 6's Ari Odzer has more on a Fort Lauderdale gathering that turned chaotic over the Memorial Day weekend.

    Several arrests were made after police said an "unruly crowd" gathered in Fort Lauderdale Beach Monday afternoon.

    Fort Lauderdale Police and Broward Sheriff's Office deputies responded in mass after a crowd reportedly in the hundreds began creating a disturbance, officials said.

    "They came to cause a disturbance and the Fort Lauderdale Police Department and the Broward Sheriff's Office showed them that their rowdy unruliness would not be tolerated," Police spokeswoman Det. DeAnna Greenlaw said.

    "We kinda cracked down hard on Monday and I"m glad that we did," said Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler. "Our police officers did an outstanding job."

    Arrests Made After 'Unruly Crowd' Gathers in Fort Lauderdale

    [MI] Arrests Made After 'Unruly Crowd' Gathers in Fort Lauderdale
    Fort Lauderdale Police said several arrests were made after an "unruly crowd" descended on Fort Lauderdale Beach on Memorial Day.

    Streets were closed and traffic came to a halt as officers and deputies rounded up several suspects. A brick was also reportedly thrown through the window of a county bus, officials said.

    The names of the suspects haven't been released but Greenlaw said they'll likely be charged with creating a disturbance, disorderly conduct and some could possibly face drug charges.

    A total of 42 arrests were made over the holiday weekend in Fort Lauderdale, officials said.

    "You know I don't know if it's a gang problem or a wannabe gang problem or just a group of young males that were looking for trouble," said Mayor Seiler.

    Mayor Seiler said officers were tracking social media, on-line chatter, and communications throughout the day and had an idea that something would be going down on Monday and that's why they showed up with a big force.